My my, how the months do speed by...the year is already half over. How are you living your days?
Are you taking time out to breathe? Do you allow yourself to connect with nature? Do you garden, hike, bird watch, or maybe tend bees, collect stones, forage for medicinal and edible plants? If not, why not? We as a species have forgotten our roots. We take for granted all that this beautiful planet provides for us. We once revered the earth, we gave thanks for what we received from her. Today we ignore her, we poison the earth with pesticides, chemicals, pollution and waste.
Personally, I find a certain peace, a calming of my soul when I spend time in nature. I have learned that the most dismal, frustrating day can be washed away by spending time with mother earth. When I've found myself depressed, angry, or confused, I have gone outside. I have watched the birds from my deck. I've planted a flower, I've gone walking with my sweet doggie Shada, and while doing so tried to identify a wild plant. I have noticed how sweet and pungent the air smells at different times of day. I've stood on a hill in the wind, and let it caress my face, and breathe new life into my weary soul.
When is the last time you went outside and just allowed yourself to BE? Not to rush to the car to go somewhere...not to rush to work, the store, a meeting? But for the sheer delight of breathing in air? Watching butterflies dance, leaves fall, bees visiting flowers, the wind rustling the trees?
It is time we get back to nature. Dig into the dirt, put your hands in a flower pot and feel the warm earth as you plant a seed and watch it grow. Give your anger, frustration and pain to the earth...I promise you will feel better for it. There are many excuses why you won't, but there are so many more reasons why you should. Guess what? It doesn't matter where you live, there is always a place for a bird feeder, a windowsill herb garden, a small plant or cactus...sit on your deck, porch or patio and watch the movie of life. We're looking for peace and its waiting for us, just outside our door...hope you venture out and find it. Blessed Be.
Please know I have limited internet access hence, I've not given an individual THANK YOU to each of you. Please understand, it's not through neglect or insensitivity, only necessity and budget constraints that I must conserve my internet access. Please know you are all fabulous individuals, and I'm eternally grateful for your presence in my life. THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart.
While I'm no longer a lithe and lovely libertine. Was I ever? I am still a libertine, (not in the sense of a person without morals and sexual principles) but, one who is free thinking with regards to religion...and politics, and...well you get my drift. LOL. So swiftly do the days flow by that before we know it, our lives are half spent...then we look in the mirror and see a stranger looking back at us. Where did I go? And who is this in front of me, staring back? It's still me, but a bit weather worn, and bit less handsome, less agile.
I'm writing this for all of you who've recently told yourself you're going old...how old would you be if you didn't know how many years you'd lived? You are NOT growing old...you are growing more fabulous and genuine with each day, and each year that passes. Grow into those wrinkles, revel in your gray hair, and have a ball. Dance in the rain, sing out loud, pick daisies and LIVE! YOU ARE AWESOME! Blessed Be.
On a more serious note...If you haven't received a rating or a swap from me. I will respond ASAP. And thanks again to all you wonderful swappers.
P.S. If I've sent an item to you with incorrect postage, please let me know, and I will gladly send you postage to cover your loss. Thanks for reading all of this. .
I have diverse interests...Art Journaling, making art dolls, altered art, Zentangles, furniture painting, sewing, crochet and the list goes on. Dotee dolls, pincushions and just about anything else.
THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS. I would really like to receive any of the following... Thank You in advance.
Stickers, and sticker flakes, just no teacher reward
Die cuts of nature, birds, flowers, vines, anything but kiddie stuff.
Anything steam punk
Pretty paper napkins, Please no kiddie nappies.
Project Life cards.
Punches you no longer use, but are still usable. I have exactly 3.
Washi tape and deco tape, love it!
Die cut templates, used, for the original sizzix manual die cut machine.
Self adhesive pearls & gems for making embellishments.
Micron pens for zentanles.
Double sided papers, at least 6 x 6".
Address labels with cool designs.
Cool paperclips, flags, & stickies.
POSTCARDS! I love postcards
STAMPS:, used, old, whatever, old coins from other countries.
Bits and Bobs for making junk journals and for making my planner cool.
EPHEMERA: the real deal or reproductions, I enjoy vintage and shabby chic, eclectic items.
Old art from books that are not in great shape anymore...Unusable but brightly colored, and patterned childrens' book pages, the larger the better to make envies out of. OR...just a couple really beautiful pages.
DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT destroy books, I REPURPOSE the salvagable pages and try to make something beautiful out of what remains.
Old photos, Old posters, old maps, book pages in foreign languages, note cards old and new, and valentines. Stationery sets.
Any kind of food, baking/cooking stickers, cut outs etc. for my scrap/recipe book.
Things I like from nature: Butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, Otters are one of my favs. Also Big cats, i.e. lions and tigers, panthers, etc. I love dragons, although they are mythical. I also have a love of wolves and large breed dogs such as Irish Wolfhounds, Great Danes, Dobermans, etc. I have an appreciation for all animals.
I collect tarot cards, singles, multiples and old decks that don't call to you anymore. I love the unusual and unique artwork. Some are extremely beautiful. I'm attempting to accumulate 78 different cards for a personal deck.
I'm also into natural remedies, herb crafting, wild food foraging, etc. Anything related to these topics, and if you have a drued herb to share along with notes on how to use, etc..
I collect small wind up toys of any type. They're not expensive, usually a couple bucks. Tea cups and saucers, fairies and gnomes, and oh, if you find a smooth flat rock in your yard or on your travels, I'll take it! I love to paint rocks...
Air sign. Accumulate sticks, stones, seeds, (flower and veggie) Heirloom and non-gmo. Green wytch, wildcrafter, nature lover, studying herbalism. Against violence, prejudice, cruelty, and hatefulness. Believe that your religion is your business and between you and your God, and so is mine. Believe all paths lead to god. Love candles, incense, feathers, shells, odd pieces of wood, seed pods, dried flowers. Anything else from nature that you've found or harvested. Just no bones, carcasses or fur. I have too deep a respect for the earths creatures to desecrate their bodies or their final resting place.
Guess that's it for now...phew.
Like my crafting interests, my musical, literary and movie choices are vast and varied. In books everything from Koontz, King, Stirling ) Patterson too, Evanovich (she makes me giggle out loud). I am an avid reader and author's are too many to mention.
MUSIC: OK, some classical, and new age. ROCK N ROLL!!! Stones, Doors, AC/DC, Iron Butterfly, Free/Bad Company, Janice Joplin (have ALL her music). Fleetwood Mac, Moody Blues, Joanie Mitchell...Almost any music except thrash and hard core rap.
MOVIES: Action and adventure, good comedies, and movies that make me think and/or make me cry. Some all time favorites: Practical Magic, Nanny Macphee, Hocus Pocus (sensing a vein here?) The War Horse, Life of Pi, and some oldies like Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, etc.
COLORS: Greens of all hues...kiwi, lime, emerald, seafoam, sage greens. Some deep blues, i.e: royal, ocean, cerullian. Also like rust, cinnamon...deep tones.
I realized that I hadn't stated any preferences regarding...foods, etc. And there aren't very many preferences, but there are a couple.
I HATE, abhor and despise anything with artificial sweeteners. No chemical sweetners please.
Also, I prefer not to receive religious items. No offense to anyone or their individual beliefs.
Kiddie stickers, I have no small children
1 or 2 sticky notes
Paper torn from a spiral notebook
Pieces cut from an old calender unless it's artsy, or has interesting artwork/pictures
I Don't do farm themes, ducks, chickens and fruit themes
In general, junky stuff.
I take a great pleasure in sending off my swaps...I write a note or card to everyone I send to, and I appreciate the same...
So with all of that...thanks for reading all of this clutter. .
SPECIAL NOTICE: Please note, that if you were a partner of mine and you haven't received a rating from me...(and of course, you've sent the item). PLEASE contact me and let me know who you are and what you've sent.
I ALWAYS SEND MY SWAPS...If for some reason you haven't received a package from me,, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE email me and let me know. I will send off another packet as quick as I'm able.
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